Update: MV man in FBI custody after skipping court date in MyRedBook case

Eric Omuro is accused of laundering money from sex listings website

The FBI has located the Mountain View man one of the alleged proprietors of a sex listings website who missed his scheduled appearance in federal court today.

Eric "Red" Omuro, 53, is now in the custody of the FBI after he failed to show up in the courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins at 9:30 a.m. today to identify an attorney and enter a plea, according to FBI spokesman Peter Lee.

Omuro, a Mountain View resident, was released from custody Wednesday on a $500,000 unsecured bond. Judge Cousins issued a bench warrant for his arrest when he failed to appear in court this morning.

Omuro is accused of running the sex listings websites and with the assistance of codefendant Annemarie Lanoce, 40, of Rocklin.

The websites were seized by the FBI and U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday and Omuro and Lanoce were arrested.

An indictment unsealed that day accuses Omuro of using mail and the Internet to facilitate prostitution and laundering more than $5 million he took in by running the site.

Lee said it is up to Judge Cousins to decide when Omuro will next appear in court.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by johnebgood
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 29, 2014 at 12:49 am

Some crime was alleged when two consentimng adults make an agreement? lets see, unlike banks and morttgage co's, a woman actually owns the property and temporarily renting to a willing buyer in a mutually bebeficial transaction. They advertise, we're in the 21st century, get over it. So why is this guy locked up? who didn't he pay off?

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Posted by well
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm


The reason they said they went after myredbook was because minors were being advertised there. So this was not about consenting adults, but rather children being exploited against their will

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Posted by Wakie, Wakie
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

johnebgood: do you understand the definition of being "pimped out"? That is usually against the woman's will. Threats, injuries, and drugs are usually involved. Some of these women have been kidnapped from other countries in Asia and Eastern Europe.

The man in question is allegedly a pimp.

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Posted by Concerned About Sex Worker Safety
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

I've been following that site for years and I've never seen any hint of child exploitation or trafficking either in the ads or the forums.

In the forums if there was any hint that a "provider" was being pimped people would be very angry and stay clear. If for no other reason than self-preservation this kind of behavior was not at all accepted or condoned.

What the site did provide was for several ways for these women to protect themselves, both by communicating with each other on a private forum about customers (providing references for good customers and blacklisting bad) as well as means to communicate with potential customers to get a sense of whether they were likely to be dangerous or safe to take.

These women in general are on the margins of being able to survive economically. This police action, which in my opinion was completely politically motivated, will not cause them to go find other jobs: they are unable to find other jobs to provide for their own support or that of their children (yes, most are single mothers), or they would have done that already. Instead, it will cause them to take far greater risks and to lower their prices causing them to have to find even more customers.

If the police really wanted to help exploited women it would have left the site open and used it to identify those small minority who were pimped or trafficked and arrested the pimps or traffickers, rather than endangering the vast majority of women on the site who were using it to help protect themselves in a risky profession which, due to their economic circumstances, they determined to be their best choice to support themselves.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

One the revenuers get involved, it's all over. Pimping doesn't have to mean trafficking, or forcing women on to the street. Pimping can be facilitating prostitution. And organized prostitution, heck, even individual prostitution, leads to the prostitute and/or "handler" - be they pimp or madame - to launder profits and commit tax fraud. That's where they get into big trouble.

I agree with you, Concerned, and I know that most of these women are marginalized. Bu the authorities don't care, especially when the IRS is involved.

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Posted by all about taxes
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 30, 2014 at 2:05 am

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